Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Laboratory Science

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3478

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

125 (plus 10 clinical/field credits)

Programme Intake
54 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Dr Polly Leung


  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

Medical Laboratory Science is an important scientific discipline in the healthcare sector. Medical laboratory scientists perform laboratory analysis of clinical samples, which aids in disease diagnosis, treatment, risk assessment and the investigation of underlying disease mechanisms.


This programme equips graduates with the knowledge, techniques, reasoning skills and professional attitudes that are necessary to be qualified medical laboratory scientists.



Programme Characteristics

This programme is the first full-time government-funded undergraduate programme in medical laboratory science in Hong Kong.


The programme curriculum comprises university-based education and medical laboratory science-specific subjects, which are integrated with clinical training. Students will undertake clinical attachments in medical laboratories in Hong Kong.


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University aims to nurture students’ global perspectives, and they are provided with opportunities to engage in overseas exchange activities and undertake clinical attachments at overseas hospital laboratories.



This is a 4-year full-time programme leading to a registrable qualification required for performing diagnostic tests in clinical laboratories in Hong Kong.  Graduates will be able to work in the four major discipline areas (Cellular Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, and Medical Microbiology) within medical laboratory science.


The programme has the following major content:

  • Year One studies include compulsory university subjects such as Freshman Seminars for Health Science and fundamental language subjects; Foundation Subjects in medical laboratory science such as Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, General Chemistry, Laboratory Techniques & Safety, and Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation.  The core disciplines of medical laboratory science will be introduced in the 1-credit subject Exploring Medical Laboratory Science.
  • Year Two includes more Foundation Subjects in medical laboratory science such as Immunology, Human Biochemistry, Biostatistics and Pathophysiology.  The core medical laboratory science disciplines will be further introduced in the 4-credit subject Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science in the first semester, and then one of the four core disciplines - Clinical Chemistry - will be introduced in the second semester.
  • Year Three focuses on the remaining three core medical laboratory science disciplines - Cellular Pathology, Haematology, and Medical Microbiology.  The year also covers other core subjects, including Introduction to Clinical Research, Molecular Biology in Medicine and Medical Virology.
  • Year Four extends to applied subjects such as Human Genetics, Molecular Diagnosis of Human Disease, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare, and one Elective Subject from a range of other cross-disciplinary health-related subject areas.  The core medical laboratory science disciplines are further enhanced through the integrative subject of Current Topics in Laboratory Medicine.  There is also a 9-credit laboratory-based Research Project in the Final Year.


Students undertake a 12-week clinical attachment throughout the programme.  The first part takes place during the summer period between Years Two and Three (three weeks' training in Clinical Chemistry).  The second part takes place during the summer period between Years Three and Four (nine weeks in total including three weeks' training in each of Cellular Pathology, Haematology and Medical Microbiology).


In addition to lectures, tutorials, case studies and seminars, this programme contains a substantial amount of laboratory practical classes.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration (Part II) with the Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT) Board of Hong Kong.  Registration is legally required to practise as a medical laboratory technician/technologist in local medical laboratories.


Graduates are also eligible for (i) Licentiate Membership of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS, UK), and (ii) sitting the Certificate Examination of the American Society for Clinical Pathology International (MT, ASCPi).


Career Prospects

A wide range of career opportunities are open to graduates of this programme, including careers in medical laboratories in both public and private sectors (e.g., hospitals and clinics), in the medical biotechnology sector, environmental science and agricultural and food testing industries. Graduates can also choose to pursue careers in academic or research areas through further study to Master or PhD level.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for non-JUPAS applicants.


Other Information

  • Normal colour vision is not one of the admission criteria, but applicants should note that normal colour vision may be required for employment in the medical laboratory profession.
  • Applicants attaining good results in science subjects (Biology and Chemistry) are preferred.



For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 3400 8578; email:

Student Message

Student Message

Have you ever wondered what the numbers mean in your annual health examination report? What are the routine tests and special tests? Why is there a reference range? And most importantly, how is the report generated? Well, we - Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) - are the detectives behind the scene who perform various tests to obtain data that reflect your health status and guide future therapies.


The BScMLS programme equipped me to be a professional MLT, a member of the healthcare profession. The programme's comprehensive syllabus also enabled me to develop the essential skills I need as an MLT.


Moreover, PolyU inspired me to think from different perspectives, and developed my interpersonal and leadership skills. Throughout my four years of study, I had the opportunity to participate in various exchange programmes, which increased my exposure to different cultural groups and helped me to understand social and health issues in different places. By participating in the SOAR Leadership Program, I learned to appreciate cultural differences in different countries and gained more knowledge of eco-friendly solutions. Also, through the overseas placement programme organised by HTI, I visited a medical laboratory in Guangzhou to learn the latest molecular diagnostics technologies, and to understand the differences between public and private healthcare sectors in greater detail. I am truly thankful for the wonderful learning experience at PolyU and HTI, and I recommend this programme to anyone who shares my passion.

Kwong Lok Sze Ivy

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: In March
Mode:Individual interview

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme, and to test their language and communication skills and understanding of the industry.


About 10-15 minutes

  • Suitable applicants may be invited to interviews.